Oscar-Winner Leonardo DiCaprio Is Opening the Eco-Resort of Your Dreams
If you had a mad crush on Leonardo DiCaprio in the '90s, then you probably fantasized about taking a romantic beach vacation with him (à la The Beach) more than once. Well, the romantic part probably won't happen, but starting in 2018 you can explore Leo's private beach while staying at his new eco-resort. The environmentally impassioned activist announced this month that he plans to develop his private, 100-plus-acre island off the Belizean coast — a place that he calls "heaven on earth" — into a luxury resort focused on restoring the overfished, deforested land.
"Belize is truly unique. It has the second largest coral reef system in the world, and it has some of the most biodiverse marine life, like the manatee population and almost every species of fish you can imagine. Then there are the Mayan temples and the culture," DiCaprio told The New York Times of the location, adding that he wants to change the world with the resort. "I couldn't have gone to Belize and built on an island and done something like this, if it weren't for the idea that it could be groundbreaking in the environmental movement."
Dubbed "Blackadore Caye, a Restorative Island," the development will contain both private homes and traditional resort villas. DiCaprio has selected Delos to head the project, which will also feature artificial reefs to shelter sea life and a seagrass nursery to nourish local manatees. In addition to a bevy of restorative features for the island itself, DiCaprio has enlisted the help of Deepak Chopra to design wellness programming for the resort's guests.
The actor and environmentalist's goal with his island development is to "create something not just environmental, but restorative," and it sounds like DiCaprio will certainly succeed. Check out these photos of Blackadore Caye and the surrounding areas of Belize to start your new vacation fantasy, and mark your calendar for its tentative opening date of 2018.